Robinson is proud to announce its alliance with Universidad Sagrado del Corazón (USC) and its state-of-the-art Ferré Rangel School of Communication.
Semana de la Cultural Puertorriqueña – Every year in mid-November, Robinson School dedicates a week to celebrating the culture of Puerto Rico, our home and a big part of our heart. This year, Robinson will launch its 115th celebration during this week (November 11-18, 2016) with a world premiere production of the play Don Abelardo Díaz Alfaro. This production will kick off a year of collaboration between Robinson and Universidad Sagrado del Corazón (USC) and its state-of-the-art Ferré Rangel School of Communication via noted filmmaker/professor Luis Molina Casanova.
Robinson Drama teachers and event coordinators have already met with Mr. Molina to begin staging this play about an important Puerto Rican author, Abelardo Díaz Alfaro, whose short stories “gave voice to the quest for Puerto Rican identity”. He became popular in the 1940s across Latin America and Europe after publishing short stories and scripts characterized by criollismo (literary regionalism), a literary style that affirmed rural Puerto Rican popular culture and history to a broad audience. His most recognized works included the books Terrazo and Campo Alegre and the television programs Estampas de Tello Gracia and Retablos del Solar. (For more information, click here.) During the early days of radio and television in Puerto Rico, he read and performed his work over the airwaves to the people of Puerto Rico. His work depict the cultural roots and early 20th century social progress of the island, which missionary schools like Robinson advanced. Luis Molina has directed films about Díaz Alfaro, but Robinson School will have the honor of presenting the world premiere of Mr. Molina’s first stage production on this figure, using Robinson talent and performed onstage at the 400-seat USC Theater. This Gala performance will inaugurate Robinson’s 115th Anniversary year-long celebration. More to come on this exciting project as it takes shape!
Robinson School will also collaborate with Prof. Luis Molina’s Advanced Television Production class and its final project, a live television broadcast titled Desde el balcón which airs on WIPR (Channel 6), the local public television station. This program will trace Robinson’s history from its beginnings as an orphanage for girls in 1902 to the world-class school it is today. Robinson’s development demonstrates some of the major social and historical trends that shaped the culture and urban development of Puerto Rico, particularly San Juan and Condado, during the 20th century.
Robinson students will collaborate as interns to learn about the process behind producing a documentary and television broadcast. They will also apply their research skills by documenting Robinson’s history at the Archivo General y Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico General Archive and National Library). Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and Prof. Luis Molina will open their doors to Robinson, offering our students professional experience and mentorship in the field of Communications and TV production. Robinson, in turn, will share its history to provide the class with content for its final project. This alliance will culminate in a well-researched documentary spanning our 115-year history depicting how we’ve changed with the times while remaining a solid community cornerstone in Puerto Rico. We are grateful for this alliance, and we can’t wait to share the documentary with you, so you can have a video history of Robinson, San Juan and Puerto Rico through the years as well.